SHALOM - have your water bottles ready, because the weather is hot and going all the way up & down these steps will take a lot of liquid and stamina!
“Yemin Moshe is a picturesque, beautifully restored neighborhood – an architectural treasure and one of the most elegant addresses in Jerusalem. There are no shops, but the views are spectacular. It’s a fascinating place for an early evening or winter afternoon stroll; however, a noontime walk in the hot July sun is not recommended.” Source: Frommers.com
Yemin Moshe Quarter is named for Sir Moses Montefiore and it is compact and so very charming suburb facing the western side of the Old City. The photo is Yemin Moshe taken outside Jaffa Gate and it shows the entire area.
During the War of Independence Yemin Moshe was completely surrounded by the enemy for months, but it held out heroically. The border between Jordan and Israel was located just below Yemin Moshe in the Hinnom Valley.*
The quarter was abandoned during the 19 years of the Jordanian occupation of the Old City before the Six Day War in 1967, because of the danger of snipers from the Old City Walls and the neighbourhood deteriorated dramatically.* The photo is one of the entrance gates into the area which also happens to be my personal favourite gate to enter there.
After the Six Day War, the quarter was renovated and it has since attracted a number of artists whose works are sold in the area’s galleries.*
These absolutely gorgeous tumbling, colourful plants were in the gardens in the Yemin Moshe, where I lived for some time. It is an area where the cars are not allowed, neither could they be there, as it is all steps up and down all the streets within the Yemin Moshe.
There are about 130 houses in this picturesque neighborhood, which was first established outside the Old City walls in 1891.
The fitness levels of me went to the top rates in Jerusalem, in general, the landscape is steep hills and deep valleys – get the picture – and in Yemin Moshe, in particular, where I used to run the steps up & down for extra fitness with the dogs I was taking care of.
This is the view towards the Old City from Yemin Moshe – Gorgeous so tis!
Yemin Moshe is ‘The’ address for artists, architects and the like. I often spotted art classes taking place in there while walking through the area.
Tis now for this tour and Thank You for being such great sports, says Your Tour Guide, Rii xx
* Source: Jewish Agency and Ynetnews.
All the photos are by me taken this time on me holidays, for this is where I was staying most of the vacation, and there is more….
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